Atlanta, GA-based Ionic Security, Inc. earned $119,000 to advance detection and monitoring for Internet of Things (IoT) systems security, according to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

The award looked attract non-traditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing DHS.

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Ionic Security titled the project, “Manageable At-Scale Crypto for Securing the Internet of Things.”

“We are proud of the momentum coming out of this initiative,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “Through our innovation programs in Silicon Valley and across the country, S&T is committed to working with our private sector partners – both large and small – to identify, assess and develop potential solutions to Homeland Security requirements.”

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The Internet of Things is a convergence of mobile devices, information technology networks, connected sensors, and devices. DHS said its call for security solutions seeks novel ideas and technologies to improve situational awareness and security.

“We’ve had a positive response from the start-up community,” said Melissa Ho, managing director of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program. “We’re also excited by the diversity of solutions this solicitation is able to bring to DHS.”

The Ionic Security team proposes to apply a novel distributed data protection model to solve the authentication, detection, and confidentiality challenges that impact distributed IoT devices. Specifically, they want to improve the integrity of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems and industrial control infrastructure as well as critical components deployed in the DHS network.

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